Tuesday, November 10, 2009

BMW Concept 6 unveiled, is the most awesome bike at this year's EICMA!

The new BMW Concept 6, fitted with a high-tech straight-six engine specially designed for bikes, is simply flat-out awesome...

BMW have released pics and specs of their new Concept 6 bike, which is fitted with a six-cylinder engine. The bike is now on display at the currently ongoing EICMA Show in Milan, Italy. BMW straight-six engines have a formidable reputation in the world of cars and it seems BMW are now all set to bring their six-cylinder power to motorcycles as well.

‘The new BMW straight-six will further expand the K-Series in the foreseeable future. The first model to be introduced will be an innovative and luxurious BMW touring machine,’ says a press release from BMW.

According to BMW, their new straight-six engine for the K-Series has been specially designed for motorcycles and will be only slightly wider than a conventional large-capacity four-cylinder engine. ‘The reduction in width is achieved in particular by the slightly over-square bore:stroke ratio with relatively long stroke and very small gaps between cylinders,’ says the BMW press release. ‘Designed and laid out as a straight-six, the engine also opens up new dimensions in motorcycling in terms of supremacy, power reserves, performance and running refinement,’ it adds.

The BMW straight-six for motorcycles will displace about 1.6-litres, will have a torque output of 130Nm and power that would be roughly equivalent to that of BMW’s 1.3-litre four-cylinder engines. ‘Fuel consumption of this six-cylinder engine is lower than that of a comparable four-cylinder engine under normal touring conditions. The use of ride-by-wire tech offers further potential for enhanced fuel economy and riding dynamics throughout a wide range of different riding modes and conditions,’ says the BMW press release.

According to BMW, the Concept 6 has been designed to look like a café-racer and features high-tech, cutting-edge chassis and suspension technologies – light alloy bridge frame and Duolever / Paralever arms holding and guiding the wheels front and rear. ‘Seventeen-inch forged wheels as well as the extra-large brake system with its six-piston fixed callipers emphasise the sporting look of the new machine and its high level of technology,’ claim BMW.

We must say BMW have come out with something of a shocker with their Concept 6, and the fact that it’s slated for production – rather than being a fanciful show bike – makes it even more amazing. Stay tuned for more details on this machine!


David said...


Any news on KTM @ ECIMA 2009??

Mike said...

If it weighs under 500 lbs would be a plus! Problem I have with BMW bikes is the weight, hard to fool the laws of physics in a curve!

hardboiled said...

I never thought the day would come when I said "Wow, a BMW" and meant it, but I am now.

Anonymous said...

If they don't run with this than I would no longer have any faith for BMW..This bike is a true masterpiece in design...sure some things may change...but its all there...."fire up the line we have a bike to build"

Anonymous said...

hmm. looks a little too wide. and what's with the forks?

Anonymous said...

Well the forks look like BMW's standard telo-lever front suspension. But I highly doubt BMW will build this bike, they are far to conservative. Don't hold your breath--mark my words.

Ismael said...

I wonder if we got this at our motorcycle rental shop in los angeles, and added it to our fleet of BMWs, if people would even want to rent it, in the future...? Seems like mostly people are interested in the touring models...although giving a BMW a cafe racer look, is, I guess cool and different.
We've even been pondering the new RR... e-mail me what you guys think about these new beamers -- ish@jupitersnyc.com

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